>> run-of-the-mill evil company run by rotten people
I didn't realize Symantec or Trend micros were a good companies run by nice people. Maybe McAfee could be a character witness for them.
>> how could you possibly trust them to protect you?
If a "security" company doesn't have the technical expertise to figure out the difference between real and fake viruses (as it seems a number of these companies couldn't), I'm not sure how much protection they're offering anyway. I guess I'd rather watch the egress traffic from the software of the the technically-savvy company than sleep knowing I got my AV software from the brightly-colored company who bought me a steak dinner at the conference.
There is no McAfee any longer. It is now Intel Security.
I actually find Bitdefender Free to be a better alternative to Micrososft's free package. It's about as light weight and finds stuff MS's misses. And it's free.